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are emerging about the algerian government raid to rescue foreign nationals held captive at a bp-related gas plant. some americans escaped but others are still being held. duncan, what's the latest? >> reporter: good morning. the latest has come from the british prime minister who has been speaking to his algerian counter part and he said they are still pursuing terrorists and possibly some of the hostages in other areas of the site. what's unclear is how many hostages escaped yesterday during that raid by algerian security forces. it's thought at least four people were killed, two british, two filipinos. the numbers keep changing. one news agency is quoting the militants saying 35 of the hostages were killed. the fact that these numbers keep on varying show us just how hard it is to get information out of the saharan desert. a lot of uncertainty for families wait ago round the world. >> thank you. >>> for the first time in over two decades, the u.s. has recognized the government of somalia. secretary of state hillary clinton calls the official recognition a milestone in somalia's fight agai
, prime minister's netanyahu's coalition government may be weaker after today's voting. will that change israel's policies? >> reporter: good morning, mara. the latest polling showed even though netanyahu's party is about to lose eight to ten seats in the parliament, he'll still make it a comfortable win today. the policies going forward, that will be largely shaped by the coalition he forms to govern with and that horse trading will start in earnest probably as early as tomorrow. his obvious choice is lining up with even more hard-line parties to his right, including a right wing, extreme right wing group who are saying publicly they want to annex much of the west bank. that would be a worst-case scenario for palestinians here. or netanyahu could surprise everyone and form a more centrist government, leaning more to the left of center, giving him, as analysts here say, more options to deal with stalled peace talks and a struggling economy. now, that is a very longshot, mara. what we're expected to see when the dust settles here, hopefully we'll get early returns by this evening, by minu
the government of somalia. secretary of state hillary clinton calls the official recognition a milestone in the fight against islamic extremists. the u.s. has not recognized somalia since 1991 when warlords overthrew the government and a civil war followed. >>> first lady michelle obama was in fine form celebrating her 49th birthday. the white house said the president and mrs. obama dined with friends last night at an italian restaurant at washington's upscale georgetown neighborhood. earlier in the day, the first lady debuted her hairdo featuring new bangs in a twitter pic she featured online. we'll see if the new do is there for inauguration day. >>> in fact, details about the president's big party are well under way. nbc's tracie potts has details. hi. >> reporter: hi, good morning. it takes a lot to get this inauguration done in washington even though we're expecting half as many people. the kraut somewhere between 6 and 800,000. a lot of money and d.c. officials coming into the city, but hotels and restaurants not as full as we saw before. the national mall being transformed into am
as a heating source for government facilities from 1948 until it closed in 2000. bidding continues through february and could go for -- it could go for as little as a half million dollars. >>> the fbi may be looking to swap buildings rather than pay for ab expensive move. the general services administration which owns the property, wants to swap the j. edgar hoover building on pennsylvania avenue with another property. whomever takes the hoover building would have prime retail office or residential opportunities. >>> yesterday's announcement that more than a dozen d.c. schools will close met some strong opposition last night. with bull horns, signs and chants, a big group protested outside the home of chancellor kyiah henderson. she announced the closure of 15 schools next fall. that's five fewer than originally planned. but 15 too many say parents and children affected chtd henderson said closing the buildings will save $20 million to put back into other programs. >>> the nationals and reliever drew storen reached a deal in a one-year contract. he'll be paid $2.5 million. storen was eligi
, the southern australian government says it wants armstrong to pay back several million dollars in appearance fees there. >>> turning to the gun control, one month to the day of the shooting in newtown, connecticut, new york's state controlled senate pushed to move quickly by democratic governor andrew kuomo voted to expand the state's ban on assault weapons. the assembly votes later today. >>> this week president obama is expected to make an announcement about a comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence including a push for major legislation to include background checks. at a news conference on monday, mr. obama promised to act alone if necessary. >> but i'm confident there's some steps that we can take that don't require legislation and that are within my authority as president. >> the president could use executive powers on 19 separate actions to bypass congress. >>> in newtown, connecticut, monday grieving family members of 11 victims of the sandy hook elementary school shooting announced plans for an a anti-violence campaign. the nonprofit group, sandy hook promise, will focus on mental
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